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Scottish Safety Camera Programme

Through targeted safety camera enforcement and improving driver behaviour, the purpose of the Scottish Safety Camera Programme is to contribute to Scotland’s road safety vision and road safety targets as set out in the Scottish Government’s Road Safety Framework to 2020:

Road Safety Vision

“A steady reduction in the numbers of those killed and those seriously injured, with the ultimate vision of a future where no-one is killed on Scotland’s roads, and the injury rate is much reduced”

Safety Cameras are for Casualty Reduction

Safety cameras deployed through the Programme must be done so primarily where they have the greatest potential to reduce injury collisions, and where there is evidence of both collisions and speeding.

Cameras may also be deployed at: relevant road works (where speed enforcement contributes to road worker, driver and other road user safety, as well as improving traffic flow); and through Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) based Managed Motorways (through which journey time reliability, journey times and road safety can be managed).

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Safety Cameras are not for Revenue Generation

The operations and activity of the Programme are funded by grant from Scottish Ministers.  All fixed penalties paid by offenders detected by cameras through the Programme are returned to HM Treasury and are not available to either Scottish Government, Transport Scotland or Police Scotland.


A distinct Scottish Safety Camera Programme was established following the successful trial of a UK-wide pilot in 2002 to detect speeding and red-light running offences.  Between 2002 and 2006, eight Safety Camera Partnerships were established along legacy police force boundaries.  Following a Review of the Programme in 2013-14 the Programme is now delivered across three areas – North, East and West. 


Scottish Government, through the Scottish Safety Camera Programme Office, is responsible for the Programme’s performance and administering grant funding for camera enforcement activity.  Police Scotland is responsible for the operational delivery of the Programme, through three enforcement Areas covering all of mainland Scotland.  For more information on safety camera activity in your Area please click on the links below or see Police Scotland’s website.

North Area

East Area

West Area


The Scottish Safety Camera Programme Handbook 2015 sets out the  rules and guidance for the Programme in Scotland.  It refers only to operations and activity undertaken and funded through the Programme, and does not apply to speed enforcement activity undertaken by Police Officers. The Chief Constable of Police Scotland has the right and responsibility to use all legal means to enforce speed limits outwith the rules of the Programme.

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A Review of the Scottish Safety Camera Programme was undertaken in 2013-14, concerned with the delivery and outcomes of the Programme.  A range of documents relating to the Review are available below, with the agreed recommendation marking a significant step in delivering lasting improvements to the Programme and maximising its collision and casualty reduction potential.


Detected Speeding? 

Q: How will I know if I have been detected speeding?

A: If a vehicle is detected exceeding the speed limit, a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) will be sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle within 14 days of the alleged offence taking place.

If the registered keeper was not the driver at the time of the offence, under Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, the registered keeper is required to state who the driver of the vehicle was.  Failure to comply with this requirement is a separate offence. 

Q: I have completed and returned the NIP, what happens next?

A: A Conditional Offer of Fixed Penalty will usually be sent out, unless the speed recorded was excessive.  In that case, the Procurator Fiscal will be notified and you will receive a summons to attend court in the area where the offence is alleged to have occurred.

If you are sent a Conditional Offer, this will allow the opportunity to accept a £100 fine and 3 penalty points on the driving licence.  If this is taken up, the paperwork should be completed per the instructions.  If this offer is not taken up then you have the opportunity to attend court instead.

Q: Can I choose to pay a bigger fine and avoid points on my licence, or attend a driver awareness course?

A: No.  The Conditional Offer is a prescribed alternative to prosecution.  The level of financial penalty and points are fixed by legislation.  The choice is to accept or reject the Conditional Offer in its entirety.  Driver Awareness courses are not currently available in Scotland.

How many points can I have on my license before it is revoked and I am disqualified from driving?

A total of 12 penalty points on your license within three years mean that you will have to appear in court and you will be disqualified from driving for a minimum of six months. 
If you are a new driver and you accumulate six penalty points or more within two years of passing your test, your driving license will be revoked and you will have to re-take both the theory and practical test.

How long will the penalty points stay on my license?
Penalty points are valid for a period of three years but cannot be removed from your license until after four years.

Camera Equipment 

How do I know the camera is accurate?

All speed camera and red-light camera systems used in Scotland are Home Office type-approved for court purposes. Before any such equipment is approved, it is subjected to rigorous field and laboratory testing to ensure accuracy and reliability.  Very specific guidance and training is given to officers using such devices which are calibrated and tested regularly to ensure their accuracy.

Can I see the photographic evidence?
You can request photographic evidence. This may involve you visiting the office where the detection is being processed.

Speed Limits 

What are the speed limits in Scotland?

The general speed limits are set out in Section 123-125 of the Highway Code These are the general limits applicable but limits may change or be altered temporarily. These are maximum limits, and circumstances may dictate that the speed at which it is safe to drive your vehicle is lower than these limits.  The Highway Code gives advice on the need to reduce your speed depending upon circumstances.

How do I know what the national speed limit is for my vehicle, as it is different for cars, vans, towing, other vehicles etc.

Different vehicle classifications have different speed limits.   If you are unsure of your vehicle classification you should check your V5 registration document.

The Scottish Safety Camera Programme cannot provide general advice on the speed limit for individual vehicles.  It is the driver’s responsibility to know the speed limit for the vehicle being driven on the classification of road and to drive safely within the road conditions. More detailed speed limit guidance can be found at Schedule 6 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

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Contact us

Scottish Safety Camera Programme
Buchanan House
58 Port Dundas Road
Glasgow G4 0HF


Useful Links

Scottish Government

Transport Scotland

Police Scotland

A9 Safety Group

Scottish Courts

Crown Office and Proscurator Fiscal Service

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Scottish Police Authority

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